City ArtWorks staff & students
City ArtWorks has been teaching the visual arts to Houston’s children for 30 years! Founded as Creative Alternatives in 1982 to help address the steady reduction of arts education within the public school system, this 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization developed its signature Art After School program to give students an opportunity to explore their own creativity in a safe, structured environment. Art After School began with six teachers and 300 students from 12 local elementary schools. Today City ArtWorks’ programs reach into over 50 schools and community venues across Houston, serving over 3,000 students each year, and collaborating with 70+ contract art instructors. While Art Afer School is still City ArtWorks’ core program for elementary and middle school aged students, CA also offers ArtSmart programs for ages 3-5, and a variety of other programs tailored to meet the unique needs of specific populations and programmatic partners.
City Art Works also offers summer art camps and classes in our community studio, provides clinic and bedside art instruction at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Unit and Renal Ward, and partners with organizations like Texas Inter-Faith, Young Audiences Houston, Art Reach, Krause Childrens’ Center, and The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center to make new art experiences possible for a diverse group of children. Committed to the highest quality educational standards in all its programs, City ArtWorks recruits and trains experienced instructors whose fresh, unique lessons make art fun and accessible for their students.
To learn more about how to get a City ArtWorks’ program at a school or facility you know, click here.